McAfee & Taft elects eight new shareholders for 2019

2019 New Shareholders

The shareholders of McAfee & Taft, Oklahoma’s largest law firm, have elected attorneys Elizabeth Bowersox, Philip R. Bruce, Danae V. Grace, Sean S. Hunt, Richard D. Johnson, Zachary A.P. Oubre, Julia A. Palmer and Patrick L. Stein as fellow shareholders, effective January 1, 2019. The announcement was made by managing director Michael Lauderdale.

Elizabeth Bowersox is a labor and employment lawyer who represents management exclusively in all phases of employment litigation and counseling. In addition to representing private employers, she also represents municipalities in all areas of labor relations, including union negotiations, grievance and interest arbitrations, and unfair labor practice proceedings.

Philip R. Bruce is a trial lawyer whose practice is concentrated on the representation of employers exclusively in all aspects of labor and employment law and litigation. A portion of his practice is devoted to complex business litigation, including breach of contract cases, breach of confidentiality cases, and cases involving Lanham Act violations.

Danae V. Grace is a transactional lawyer whose practice encompasses a broad range of commercial and business matters, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, real estate, healthcare, contract drafting and negotiations, and general business transactions.

Sean S. Hunt is an corporate attorney whose practice encompasses a broad range of business and commercial matters, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate organization and governance, real estate, commercial lending transactions, and general business transactions. He is also the co-author of Oklahoma Limited Liability Company: Forms and Practice Manual, a two-volume practice manual containing forms and explanatory text and analysis for lawyers, accountants, tax specialists, estate planners, and real estate professionals.

Richard D. Johnson is a transactional and tax attorney who focuses his practice on a wide range of legal issues, including business acquisitions and financing, economic development and business incentives,  tax credit financing, ad valorem taxation, tax litigation, and general corporate governance and operations. He also counsels clients in all aspects of estate planning, probate and estate administration, settlement of complex estate matters, and settlement and litigation of disputes regarding wills and trusts.

Zachary A.P. Oubre is a trial lawyer whose broad practice encompasses the areas of intellectual property law and commercial litigation. A large portion of his practice involves the resolution of disputes in federal and state courts across the nation involving trademark, patent, and copyright infringement, as well as claims of trade secret misappropriation breach of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements deceptive trade practices, and unfair competition.

Julia A. Palmer is a trial lawyer whose state and federal litigation practice is nationwide in scope. A large portion of her practice is devoted to defending product liability cases, including class actions, on behalf of automotive manufacturers and leading manufacturers of commercial and consumer products.

Patrick L. Stein is a trial lawyer whose practice includes a broad range of litigation matters in state and federal courts, with a particular emphasis on representing clients engaged in the agriculture and energy industries. A significant portion of his practice involves the defense of class actions and other complex business litigation, particularly in federal courts.

McAfee & Taft is one of the nation’s 250 largest law firms as ranked by the National Law Journal.